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Julian

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The Emperor Julian

 

Julian the Philosopher

 

Julian the Philosopher - the last Pagan emperor of Rome, and a huge fan of Iamblichus. Julian was also initiated into the Eleusinian Mysteries.

 

On 4 February 362, he promulgated an edict to guarantee freedom of religion. This edict proclaimed that all the religions were equal before the Law, and that the Roman Empire should return to its original religious eclectism, according to which the Roman State did not impose any religion on its provinces; the edict also decreed the reopening of pagan temples, the restitution of alienated temple properties, and called back Christian bishops that were exiled by church edicts. He also tried to rebuild the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem.

 

There is a society devoted to furthering his ideas, the Julian Society.

 

He divided his life into care for the state and devotion to the altars, associating with the gods in countless initiations, mourning for our desecrated temples, when mourning was all that he could do, but then, when the opportunity came, taking up arms for them. He restored the ruined temples to their places, and he restored their ritual back to them and all others: he brought back, as it were from exile, sacrifice and libation, and renewed the festivals that had fallen into abeyance. He did away with the danger that was attached to the worship of higher powers, never allowed his intellect to be diverted from his consideration of the gods, dispersed the mist that enveloped so many, and would have done the same for us all, had he not been untimely taken from us." -- Libanius' panegyric upon Julian

 

Julian's writings at Sacred-Texts.com

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